Councillor’s View – the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers

Dear Residents,

On Friday April 28th I had the sincere privilege of attending the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers presentation at City Hall.  Five of the 64 recipients receiving the medal were residents from the Stittsville community.  Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston and Mayor Jim Watson, presented Barbara Bottreill, Brenda Tirrell, Paula Farrell, Tysen Lefebvre and Thomas M. Grasza with this most prestigious recognition. In addition to these five it was a pleasure to also see John Curry of the Stittsville News and Cyril Leeder receive the Medal for their continuous efforts and community contributions.

This event marks National Volunteer Week to celebrate volunteers across our City who work hard to make a difference every day with no expectation for recognition.

 I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to these residents for all of the outstanding and selfless efforts that they put forward to benefit our communities.

Each year, I am reminded of just what an incredible community of people Stittsville is comprised of. I witness them in the autumns and winters when help is offered to neighbours who struggle in raking their leaves or shovelling their driveways, in the spring when community volunteers put together their efforts to clean up our neighbourhoods, and in the summers when I have the great privilege of reviewing our annual Stittsville Appreciation Award nominees.

 I would like to invite all residents to attend this year’s celebration of the Stittsville Appreciation Awards taking place on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM where we will honour four new outstanding community members nominated by their peers. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by email to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or call my office at 613-580-2476. I encourage everyone to show pride in our great community. Bricks and mortar do not make a community home it is the people who live in it that do.  Thank you to you for all that you do to make Stittsville a wonderful place to live, work and play.